This was the Dawn Princess’ inaugural visit to Colombo. They said it was much like India.... but we would have to say "no".

Our first stop was the Gangaramaya Temple. This temple serves as a place of worship as well as a museum. Well it had the feeling of an antique shop, full of trash and treasure that had been donated to them over the years. One of the most interesting things was the tiniest gold Buddha ever, which sits in a glass dome, and to see the detail there is a magnifier in front.

The temple itself is amazing; it holds a haven of golden Buddha statues and lavish murals within. There is also a Banyan tree that is embellished with Buddhas where people go to pray and pour water around it roots as offerings to keep it alive... Huge...

We walked into another part of the temple where we ran into a group of women that looked like they were on their version of a CWA outing. They got most excited when Ros started snapping their photo’s and showing them the results.

Then suddenly we heard a familiar beat of a drum and tinkling of little bells: “sounds like those dancers on the wharf”. We rushed outside, and the timing our visit couldn’t be better, as it was time for the wedding...

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